Mariners Quilt Guild

Getting a jump on fall

Jean's Halloween quilt with spider attached.

Jean’s Halloween quilt with spider attached.

Mariners gathered again this past Monday on the first full day of autumn and welcomed several new members. It was hands-on for everyone as Gillian and Jean showed quilters how to add Halloween touches to their quilts. And as always, Show and Share formed a big part of the meeting. Several Mariners brought along samples of the Christmas placemats Continue reading

Books, books, books

shots_stripesIn Kaffe Fassett Quilts Shots and Stripes, renowned quilter Kaffe Fassett and coauthor Liza Prior Lucy present 24 projects — small and large, beginner and advanced—made with iridescent solid-coloured cotton fabrics (called shot cottons) and woven striped cotton fabrics. Inspired by worldwide travels and a plethora of ethnic textiles, including Amish quilts in the U.S., Japanese indigo patched work clothes, and African weavings, the projects featured include full-size bed quilts as well as smaller pieces such as throws, wall hangings, table runners and pillows. Continue reading

Nothing is ever lost: Susan Tilsley Manley

Susan Tilsley Manley

Susan Tilsley Manley

As Mariners celebrated our 10th anniversary, Nova Scotia quilter Susan Tilsley Manley came along to share her joy of quilting with an eclectic trunk show. Much of her work focuses on the precious impermanence of life.

Growing up in a family of quilters, Susan has always been surrounded by quilts and the stories they tell about memories, families and friendship. Deirdre Scherer’s Work in Fabric and Thread motivated her to create a series of art quilts Continue reading

Happy Birthday to us!

Every birthday celebration needs a cake

Every birthday celebration needs a cake

Mariners gathered together this past Monday to commemorate our 10th anniversary as a guild. For a decade now we have been getting together twice a month to share our love of quilting. Quilters reconnected after the summer break and we welcomed eight new members.

So, it was time to celebrate — with cake and what was surely the biggest Show and Share of the past 10 years. We also shared our anniversary with guest speaker Susan Tilsley Manley, but more about this extraordinarily creative woman later. Continue reading

Farewell to Kathy Ogden

Kathy Ogden

Kathy Ogden

As Mariners gather to start a new season of quilting this month, a valued friend and quilter will be absent. Kathy Ogden, a founding member of Mariners Quilt Guild, passed away in May, just three days after her 73rd birthday. Kathy, an enthusiastic quilter, belonged to the Wannabees quilting bee and was one of the Bell House quilters.

Karen, first president of this guild, remembers Kathy:

Kathy was a friend, a mother and a quilter. Kathy was all about living. Although her body had been breaking down over the past few years, she didn’t allow that to get in her way. During my hospital visits, we’d talk about her children, David and Kim, but also discuss new quilts and the upcoming quilt retreat. Continue reading